Crime Prevention

13Sep 2016

Features of a landscape can influence and enable behavior. Consider a place where children repeatedly play. When we step back from our focus on the cluster of children, we might realize that located where they play exists swings, slides and open fields. These features of the place (i.e. suggestive of a playground) attract children there […]

11Apr 2016

Over the last two decades, there has been increased interest in the distribution of crime and other antisocial behavior at lower levels of geography. The focus on micro geography and its contribution to the understanding and prevention of crime has been called the ‘criminology of place’. It pushes scholars to examine small geographic areas within […]

18Nov 2015

The problem analysis triangle (sometimes referred to as the crime triangle) provides a way of thinking about recurring problems of crime and disorder. This idea assumes that crime or disorder results when (1) likely offenders and (2) suitable targets come together in (3) time and space, in the absence of capable guardians for that target. […]

01Oct 2015

This guide begins by describing the problem of pharmacy robbery and reviewing factors that increase its risks. It then identifies a series of questions to help you analyze your local pharmacy robbery problem. Finally, it reviews responses to the problem and what is known about them from evaluative research and police practice.   Pharmacy Robbery […]

27Jan 2015

The Federal Protective Service continues to face challenges ensuring that contract guards have been properly trained and certified before being deployed to federal facilities around the country. In September 2013, for example, GAO reported that providing training for active shooter scenarios and screening access to federal facilities poses a challenge for FPS. According to officials […]

16Jan 2015

What causes young inner-city men to kill each other? Where do we start? At the root causes of poverty, discrimination, family breakdown, childhood toxic stress? With concrete societal failings such as bad schools, unsafe housing, lack of health care and few jobs? With a gang culture that accords respect to those who commit brutal crimes […]

20Sep 2014

A new National Institute of Justice website, CrimeSolutions.gov, uses rigorous research to determine what works in criminal justice, juvenile justice, and crime victim services. In addition to continuing to capture ongoing reviews of justice programs, CrimeSolutions.gov also presents reviews of justice practices. A practice is a general category of activities, strategies, or procedures that share similar […]

01Oct 2013

“Home invasion robbery has characteristics of both residential burglary and street robbery. Like residential burglars, home robbers must usually gain unlawful entry into an individual’s residential dwelling (a single-family home, apartment unit, or mobile home). Like street robbers, home robbers physically confront victims in order to obtain desired items. Yet, home invasion robbery is distinct […]

27Sep 2013

“The study of crime has focused primarily on why particular people commit crime or why specific communities have higher crime levels than others. In The Criminology of Place, David Weisburd, Elizabeth Groff, and Sue-Ming Yang present a new and different way of looking at the crime problem by examining why specific streets in a city have […]